Microsoft has announced the date and city for the BUILD 2017 developer conference: May 10th to 12th, in downtown Seattle – a complete change from its usual venue in San Francisco for the past few years.
Google also held its I/O conference at its Mountain View campus this year instead of the usual San Francisco venue – why the companies have had a change of heart and have moved away from the lovely SanFran remains a mystery.
Accompanying the announcement is a video showing off the beautiful skyline of Seattle, so at least it has that going for it; the annual Microsoft conference is meant to be for developers but has been used by the company as an event to showcase its future software developments.
At BUILD 2016, Microsoft unveiled the Anniversary Update, the HoloLens, and showed off all the improvements that came to its ecosystem of devices like Xbox with the Windows 10 update. There were even a few revelations about Skype and other Microsoft software – of course, we have all of these features available today; but BUILD 2016’s announcements should give you an idea of what to expect from BUILD 2017.
For 2017, we are likely to witness a reveal of the next version of Windows 10 – the one that comes after the upcoming Creators Update.
The update, known as Redstone 3 – for now – will feature some incredible things, such as Microsoft’s new design language, the ability to emulate x86 apps on ARM64 processors, and much more. We will know more about the ‘much more’ bit at BUILD, of course.
Microsoft hasn’t announced when you will be able to register for the upcoming conference; if you are interested in physically attending the event, you can join the mailing list and wait for more updates – or just follow the news!
If you can’t or don’t want to attend the event – Microsoft will as always, be live streaming the event; and we will be covering it.